Been thinking about how coaches may work things with the interchange changing. Most teams have their edge backrowers playing 80 minutes but use their lock basically in the front row rotation. So the obvious move would be to go back to the smaller, fitter 80 minute lock and maintain the usual front row interchange.
So that got me thinking about our roster and who is suited to what and how we can maintain our size even with our backrow playing 80 mins.
I came up with what I think is an idea to give our backrowers rests during games without interchanging them. For example, u start with Sue at lock, Lawrence on the left and Siro on the right. The workload of Siro and Lawrence is much less than Sue in the middle, so once Sue begins to feel the pinch he moves to the right edge (where he has proven himself) and his workload will drop, bring Siro in tight where he will take on more work for a short period. I also think this will make it harder on teams to program their defence against us with the 3 backrowers moving around, all the while we should have a fresher back 3 then the opposition.
This at least allows us to play the 3 backrowers for the first 40. We may be able to bring on Chee cham or Halatau in the 2nd half using just one interchange for the backrow in the game. Will also allow 2 interchanges for hooker if Cherrington needs it and 5 interchanges for the front row. Or maybe 4 for front row leaving one up your sleeve.
So I think backrow versatility is the key.
Anyone else got ideas on how to manipulate the reduction?